Comedy Pet Photo Awards Announces 25 Funniest Finalists of 2023
Regardless of whether it's a dog version of Zorro or a cat resembling Albert Einstein, this year's shortlist of finalists features several unexpected comedic moments.
One of them, undoubtedly evoking a range of emotions, is "The Big Boss" by Kenichi Morinaga from Japan. The owner of the Big Boss says that the cat is gentle and kind despite its stern appearance.
In another image, the dog Runa looks particularly happy among the green foliage, but photographer Corin Meuser from Zurich, Switzerland assures us that it's just ordinary industrial hemp plants.
A remarkable moment capturing a dog's super jump was captured by Chris from New York. "In March 2019, I was sitting in Union Square Dog Park in New York when I noticed a woman throwing a ball to her dog," he wrote. "Then the dog leaped and somersaulted in the air! As you can see, the woman with her hand on her head was just as surprised as I was. I searched in vain for the owner, so I could send her a copy. I hope this comedy photo contest helps me find the mysterious woman and her jumping dog. You never know!"
And here's the feline parody of Einstein. "He stuck his tongue out at me, just like in the famous photo of Albert Einstein," wrote the author of the photo, Yamamoto.
The Comedy Pet Awards, created by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, aim to celebrate the positive and important role our pets play in our lives, with the added benefit of raising awareness for animal welfare. For those who wish to be part of the jury and help decide the winner of this year's People's Choice Award, voting is available on the organizers' website.
While the jury carefully examines the images that made it to the shortlist and selects the winner, who will receive £500 (approximately $656 USD/953 AUD), an individual trophy, and a camera bag, participants eagerly await the announcement on August 11, 2023.